Macbook Pro 13.3" buyers guide

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by mungo918, Oct 17, 2009.

  1. mungo918 macrumors newbie

    Joined:
    Oct 17, 2009
    #1
    Hi

    I am looking at getting a macbook pro 13.3" and I will use it for browsing the internet, watching movies and basic word docs, usually at the same time :p

    I am wondering if I could keep the basic set up of 2GB ram and 160Gb HD and this set up will complete my needs without any trouble.

    can anyone give me a bit of first hand experience on this?

    many thanks.
     
  2. thegoldenmackid macrumors 604

    thegoldenmackid

    Joined:
    Dec 29, 2006
    Location:
    dallas, texas
    #2
    That will likely be fine. What are you using now?
     
  3. marold280 macrumors 6502

    marold280

    Joined:
    Mar 16, 2008
    #3
    If you are at university, buy it on the HE store and you get an extended warranty for free!
     
  4. Andy348 macrumors 6502

    Joined:
    May 18, 2009
    Location:
    Montreal
    #4
    I don't have the new MacBook Pro, but I've got a year old white MacBook that will run that without flinching. You'd be surprised at how much a Mac can handle. For example, here is what I'm running:

    on a 21" screen (I'm dual monitoring):

    -Firefox
    -iTunes
    -Adium (MSN client)
    -Camoflauge (hides icons)
    -Caffeine

    then on the 13" screen...

    -Parallels Desktop running Windows 7 full screen
    -Steam
    -Internet Explorer


    And I don't notice any lag. I do have 4GB of RAM, but only 144 video ram (MBP has 256) and I've got less processing speed.

    In other words, the 2GB will be fine. If you want to upgrade to 4GB, do it yourself from the sponsored sellers (ads above) for something like sixty bucks. Its very easy to do also.
     
  5. Tomorrow macrumors 604

    Tomorrow

    Joined:
    Mar 2, 2008
    Location:
    Always a day away
    #5
    I have a very nearly 3-year-old MacBook with 1 Gb of RAM that will do all that without trouble. The MBP you're looking at won't flinch. Enjoy your purchase. :D
     
  6. JCP21 macrumors member

    Joined:
    Oct 15, 2009
  7. mungo918 thread starter macrumors newbie

    Joined:
    Oct 17, 2009
    #7
    Thanks for you responses, with it in mind that "it won't flinch" with what I want to do, would it be an over indulgence and could the standard white macbook perform my needs? and therefore save a bit of money?

    I'm currently using an ASUS C905 with windows XP and recently I've been having problems with it and don't think it will last much longer...
     
  8. dscuber9000 macrumors 6502a

    Joined:
    Sep 16, 2007
    Location:
    Indiana, US
    #8
    I think the normal MacBook will do fine, but keep in mind that there are tons of rumors that Apple is about to update the normal MacBook. ;)
     
  9. mungo918 thread starter macrumors newbie

    Joined:
    Oct 17, 2009
    #9
    any idea how soon? if thats the case, I'll probably wait and see what comes out.
     
  10. slipper macrumors 68000

    slipper

    Joined:
    Nov 19, 2003
    #10
    What does that have to do with this thread?
     
  11. Unprocessed1 macrumors 65816

    Unprocessed1

    Joined:
    Jun 23, 2008
    #11
    I downgraded from a high end 15" MBP (2.8 ghz, 4 GB RAM) to a low end 13" low end MBP (2.26 GHZ, 2GB RAM) and I honestly cannot tell you I notice a difference in everyday activities. It handles HD movies on youtube without a hitch, which my old MBA would stutter with. It's a great value machine. Use the extra money to get an SSD for ever better performance.
     
  12. Andy348 macrumors 6502

    Joined:
    May 18, 2009
    Location:
    Montreal
    #12
    Yeah, the standard white MacBook could do everything in the OP.

    ...maybe because he's looking at buying a MacBook?!?!
     
  13. Tomorrow macrumors 604

    Tomorrow

    Joined:
    Mar 2, 2008
    Location:
    Always a day away
    #13
    Any computer, no matter who makes it, is more powerful now (by comparison) than it will be in three years.

    Sure, you could save some money today and buy the MB, and it will work just fine for you. I don't think you'll have any problems. But in a couple of years, will you be just as happy then as you would be on Day 1 of your purchase? I'm not sure I can answer that for you.

    If it were me, the extra couple of hundred dollars would be worth spending now; that's my opinion, and it's easy for me to say because we're talking about your money and not mine. :D I'm pretty sure you'll be happy with the performance you get either way you go, however.
     
  14. Andy348 macrumors 6502

    Joined:
    May 18, 2009
    Location:
    Montreal
    #14
    QFT.

    It's known that when you go to buy a Mac, spend as much as you can afford and buy the best possible. This changes depending on who you are and how long you want to keep this for. Over a year, I'd opt for the higher spec'd MBP.
     
  15. Unprocessed1 macrumors 65816

    Unprocessed1

    Joined:
    Jun 23, 2008
    #15
    Why do the specs matter? They rarely improve everyday performance and are a waste of money to most consumers. Based on the needs of the OP, anything more than the baseline 13" MBP would be a waste.
     
  16. mungo918 thread starter macrumors newbie

    Joined:
    Oct 17, 2009
    #16
    with the upgraded macbook having almost the same spec (in some places better) do you think a macbook would be better suited to me? I don't use FW and rarely use an SD card in which case I'd get an SD to USB for cheaper. what do you guys think?
     
  17. slipper macrumors 68000

    slipper

    Joined:
    Nov 19, 2003
    #17
    Perhaps you should read the thread title :rolleyes:
     
  18. Tomorrow macrumors 604

    Tomorrow

    Joined:
    Mar 2, 2008
    Location:
    Always a day away
    #18
    Perhaps you should read the thread:

    :rolleyes:
     

Share This Page